Morgan County Manuscript Collections

Morgan County, named for Revolutionary War Gen. Daniel Morgan, was organized in 1833. The county seat is Versailles (pronounced ver-SAYLS). These collections deal in some manner with Morgan County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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1st Regiment, Missouri Engineers Collection (R1381)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The 1st Regiment, Missouri Engineers Collection contains a history of the 25th Regiment Missouri Infantry and Bissell’s Engineer Regiment of the West and how they consolidated into the 1st Regiment, Missouri Engineers and includes unit rosters. This history was edited and compiled by Dr. W.A. Neal, who served as the assistant surgeon in the 1st Missouri Engineers.


Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Akinsville & Hooper Institutes, Bulletins, 1876-1885, (C0957)
1 folder
1885 bulletin of classes at the Akinsville Institute in Versailles, MO, and 1876 bulletin of the Hooper Institute in Clarksburg, MO.

Akinsville Baptist Church, Morgan County, Missouri, Records, 1884-1897, (C1295)
1 folder
Meeting held at the McDaniel schoolhouse, May 3, 1884, when an independent Baptist church was formed. List of members listed in the record book for the period between May 3, 1884, and 1897.

American Business Women's Association, Ozark Paradise Chapter, Laurie, Missouri, Records, (CA6248)
5 linear feet
Records include scrapbooks, photographs, publications, publicity material, financial reports, correspondence, and miscellaneous material.

American Red Cross, Morgan County Chapter, Record Book, 1932-1937, (R0427)
1 volume, photocopies
The Morgan County, Missouri, chapter of the American Red Cross was organized on 20 April 1932 in Versailles. It distributed flour and clothing to needy families, and contributed funds to the national flood relief effort in January 1937. Chairpersons were Dr. H. N. Lutman and Mrs. A. J. Gunn.

American Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture, Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "Centennial Farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."

Arrow Rock Tavern Board, Papers, 1826-1923, (C3087)
8 folders, 1 volume
The papers contain correspondence of John Sappington with Hogan & Wright, collection agents, 1842-1844; correspondence of Claiborne F. Jackson, 1855-1861; correspondence and miscellaneous items concerning the placement of Highway 40 and Santa Fe Trail markers; Martha Woods Diary, 1854-1860; Hugh Stephens scrapbook, n.d.


Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection, (R1411)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder, 17 photographs)
The Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection contains photographs documenting the town of Barnett, Missouri and the surrounding area where the Lake of the Ozarks would be with the completion of the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. Included are images of the early stages of construction on the river.

Bethlehem Church Observes Centennial with Homecoming, October 3, 1946, n.d., (C1301)
1 folder
Excerpts of article appearing in the Versailles STATESMAN on the history and centennial celebration of the Bethlehem Church, Morgan County, MO.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morgan County, Missouri, Records, 1875-1963, (R0547)
2 volumes
These are records of Bethlehem Lutheran ("Nolting") Church in Morgan County, Missouri. Included are by-laws, registers of members, and minutes of meetings through 16 September 1963. The records are in German through 1934.

Big Buffalo United Baptist Church, Benton County, Missouri, Record Book, 1869-1894, (R0417)
1 volume
This is a record book of the Big Buffalo United Baptist Church in southeastern Benton County, Missouri. The volume includes the declaration of faith and rules of church order, minutes of church business meetings, 1 August 1869 -- 29 April 1894, and membership records.

Big Rock Primitive Baptist Church, Versailles, Missouri, Records, 1827-1968, (R0416)
4 volumes
These are records of the Big Rock Primitive Baptist Church and its predecessor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, near Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri. The records include minutes of church business meetings and membership rosters, 1827-1942, and a history of Big Rock Church, 1968.

Bradshaw, James Daniels, Papers, 1904-1946, (C3225)
1 cubic foot
Ledgers, daybooks and inventory lists from the Bradshaw and Proctor Company, Barnett, MO, and the Leeton Lumber and Hardware Company, Leeton, MO. James Bradshaw was a partner in both firms. Other items are deposit slips, freight bills, and miscellaneous correspondence.


Camp Gravois, Morgan County, Missouri, Booklets, 1929-1948, (R0839)
1 folder
These are booklets announcing the 1929 season and celebrating the 25th anniversary in 1948 of Camp Gravois, a Y.M.C.A. facility on Little Gravois Creek southeast of Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri.

Central Gravois Baptist Church, Gravois Mills, Missouri, Records, 1881-1902, (C2918)
1 folder
Names of new members and officers of the church.

Central Gravois Baptist Church, Gravois mills, Missouri, Record Book, 1881-1903, (R0419)
1 volume
This is a record book of the Central Gravois Baptist Church at Gravois Mills in Morgan County, Missouri. The records include minutes of church business meetings, 1881-1903, membership records, ca. 1881-1902, and miscellaneous church papers, 1895-1902.

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Promotional Booklet, ca. 1910, (R0424)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "Health and Pleasure in the Missouri Hills Along Rock Island Lines," a promotional booklet featuring hotels, rooming houses, resorts, and recreational opportunities along or near the CRI&P Railway between St. Louis and Versailles, Missouri.

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Promotional Booklet, 1916, (R0815)
1 folder
This is A Good Dairy Country: Central Missouri, Along Rock Island Lines, a booklet published by the "Rock Island" railroad to promote dairy farming and other agricultural pursuits along its route between Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri.

Christ Lutheran Church, Stover, Missouri, Records, 1871-1995, (R0545)
2 folders, 28 volumes
These are records of Christ Lutheran Church at Stover in Morgan County, Missouri. included are minutes of meetings of the church council, membership registers, records of the Ladies Aid Society, financial records, and historical material. Some of the records are in German; translations provided by the church are included.

Coontz, Joanne, Photographs, (P0283)
49 photographs
Photographs include: wreck of train, Engine #313 Missouri Pacific; the Gehlken Mill in Morgan County; the Curry Farm and farmhouse in Morgan County; the Gehlken Store in Pettis County, and the Gehlken and Penning families.


Draffen, Mrs. Charley W., "The First Hundred Years at Freedom Church, Morgan County, Missouri," 1944, (C1309)
1 folder
Brief history of the church, including early members and pastors. Copy of an article appearing in the Versailles, MO, STATESMAN, August 1944.


East Prairie Farm Club, Morgan County, Missouri, Record Book, 1916-1923, (R0426)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a record book of a farm club which met at East Prairie School in eastern Morgan County, Missouri. An affiliate of the Missouri Farmers' Association, the club provided educational and social programs for the area's residents. It met in conjunction with the East Prairie Literary Society, 1921-1923. The records include the constitution and bylaws, minutes of meetings, and membership lists.


Freedom Baptist Church, Morgan County, Missouri, Records, 1844-1962, (R0418)
6 volumes
These are record books of the Freedom Baptist Church near Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri. The records include the articles of faith, rules of decorum, membership records, and minutes of church business meetings, August 1844 -- January 1962, and the secretary's record book of the Baptist Young People's Union, 1929-1932.

Freedom Sunday School, Morgan County, Missouri, Membership List, n.d., (C1370)
1 folder
Lists of male and female students and teachers.


Glenstead Methodist Church, Glenstead, Missouri, Minutes, 1893-1896, (C1341)
1 folder
Excerpts from minutes of quarterly conferences.

Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 cubic feet, 5 card boxes
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.


Holy Cross Lutheran Church Records, (R1454)
0.2 cubic foot (4 folders)
The Holy Cross Lutheran Church Records contain photocopies of birth, baptism, and death records copied from the church records of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Benton County. The records include birth, baptism, confirmation, and death records compiled by Irene Cordes Reinhard.

How, Russell A. (1906-1996) and Bernadine M. (1910-2001), Collection, 1927-1989, (C4023)
5 linear feet, 4 card files
The Russell and Bernadine How collection contains photographs, maps, printed materials, and notes on grist mills in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. The collection also includes materials related to Missouri tourism.


James, David A. (1937- ) Papers, 1790-2008, (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.

Jolly, James, G., "Jesse James Paid in Gold," n.d., (C3088)
1 folder
The papers contain an account of the night of the Missouri Pacific mail train robbery, 7 July 1876, when Jesse James forced postmaster Charlie Steinbach and his family in Florence, Missouri, to feed and lodge his gang, then paid them $90.00 in gold.


Klinge, Henry (1844-1915), Papers, 1859-1915, (C4323)
0.2 cubic feet (3 folders)
Civil War diary, photograph, pension papers, marriage certificate, and passport of Henry Klinge. Also history of the 49th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.


Lake of the Ozarks Association, Brochure and Booklet, undated and 1956, (R1086)
1 folder
These are a brochure and a booklet published by the Lake of the Ozarks Association, Inc., at Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri, to promote tourism and recreation in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Lamine Baptist Association, minutes and history, 1913-1972, (R0422)
4 folders, photocopies
These are records of an association of Baptist churches primarily in Morgan and Cooper counties of Missouri. Included are minutes of annual conferences in 1913, 1965, and 1972, and an institutional history compiled for the association's centennial in 1972.

Lamine River Baptist Association, Minutes, 1845-1882, (R0284)
7 folders
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of the Lamine River Association, 1845-1859 and 1877-1882. Known first as the Lamine River Regular Baptist Association, the organization was composed of churches in Bates, Camden, Cooper, Jackson, Johnson, Miller, Morgan, and Pettis counties in Missouri.

Lee, Richard L. (1925-2011), County Courthouse Photographs, ca. 1955, (P0003)
210 photographs
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.

Leib Family Photograph Collection, (R1456)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Leib Family Photograph Collection contains a copy of a photograph of Jacob S. Leib’s sons circa 1880, and a copy of a photograph of Leib family members in 1944, in a group shot of the Oakland Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri. The photographs were identified by Jack Leib.

Leonard Pryor Photograph Collection, (P0576)
1 folder
Copy prints of photos of Lake Placid, Missouri, used in a 2000 Review article by Gary Kremer.

Little Piney Baptist Association, Minutes, 1837-1935, (R0283)
90 folders
These are minutes of annual meetings of the Little Piney Association, which was composed of churches in Camden, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, and Texas counties in Missouri. At various times, the organization had also been titled a "United" and "Primitive" Baptist association.


Marriott, Homer Lee, Memoir, ca. 1919, (R0425)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a memoir of a resident of Morgan County, Missouri, concerning his experiences as a soldier in World War One. Marriott served in the 110th Ammunition Train of the 35th Division and participated in the Battle of the Argonne in 1918.

McDonald, Moss, "A Tribute to Anna Lee Kidwell," 1963, (C3517)
1 folder
Written by Morgan County superintendent of schools upon the retirement of Anna Lee Kidwell, who taught school for 52 years in Morgan County, MO.

Methodist Episcopal Church South, Versailles Circuit, Records, 1859-1901, (C1864)
1 folder
Register includes names of members and probationers in the Versailles Circuit, Jefferson City District, Missouri, how and when received and disposed of--whether by death, certificate, withdrawal, or expulsion--and some baptism and marriage records.

Missouri Association of the Future Farmers of America, Records, 1928-1980, (C3644)
4 reels (2 folders, 3 volumes, 16 scrapbooks), 1 filmstrip
Records of the state organization of affiliated high school FFA chapters. Papers include constitution and bylaws, applications for and articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, and scrapbooks on state and local chapter activities.

Missouri Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., "Sacred Stones and Stained Glass Windows," Project, 1977-1980, (C3723)
7.1 cubic feet
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.

Mitchell, Ewing Young, Jr. (1873-1954), Papers, 1840-1949 (C1041)
0.4 linear feet
Papers of a Springfield, Missouri, lawyer active in Democratic Party politics, who served as assistant secretary of commerce in Franklin Roosevelt's first administration. Material concerns family affairs, law practice with emphasis on county indebtedness, Ozark land speculation, and Democratic politics on the state and national levels.

Morgan County, Missouri, Church Histories, 1917-1979, (R0429)
9 folders, photocopies
These are printed histories and programs for nine churches in Morgan and Moniteau counties of Missouri. Included are Baptist, Methodist, United Church of Christ, Lutheran, and Mennonite congregations in or near Versailles, Fortuna, Florence, Glensted, and Pyrmont.

Morgan County, Missouri, Map, n.d., (R0768)
1 folder
This is a "Map of Morgan County in the Central Mineral and Coal Fields of Missouri." The undated map shows the locations of principal towns and villages, roads, churches, schools, mines, and deposits of barite, coal, kaolin, lead, and zinc.

Morgan County, Missouri, Miscellaneous Papers, 1964-1982, (R0423)
5 folders, photocopies
These are papers on various topics of Morgan County's history, including histories of the towns of Fortuna, Barnett, and Laurie, a memoir of mule-buying, and an investigation of major mining sites.

Morgan County, Missouri, St. Martins School, Record Book, 1897-1900, (R0414)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the clerk's record book of the Saint Martins School District, which was located north of Versailles and east of Glensted in Morgan County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, annual enumeration of children and taxpayers, and an account of expenditures by the district.

Morgan County, Missouri, School District No. 34, Ball School, Booklet, 1923, (R1105)
1 folder
This is a souvenir booklet for the school year 1922-1923 at Ball School in Morgan County, Missouri. The teacher was Elizabeth Sims. Included are the names of the pupils and the members of the local school board.

Morgan County, Missouri, School District No. 47, Marvin School, Record Books, 1903-1931, (R0431)
3 volumes
These are clerk's record books of the Marvin School southeast of Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, annual enumeration of children and taxpayers, financial records, and statements of the district clerk.

Morgan County, Missouri, Scrapbooks, 1905-1943, (R0622)
2 oversize volumes
These are scrapbooks consisting of clippings of obituaries and death notices. The emphasis is on individuals from Morgan, Miller, Johnson, and Henry counties in Missouri. Most of the clippings concern residents of Versailles in Morgan County, and Chilhowee in Johnson County.

Morgan County, Missouri, Tax Assessment Book, 1844, (R0420)
1 volume
This is a record of assessments on real estate and personal property in Morgan County, Missouri. The volume includes a listing of taxpayers, the amount of taxable property, including slaves, and the amounts assessed. There are separate lists of assessments of property in the towns of Versailles, Florence, and Mining Post.

Morgan County Home & Infirmary, Papers, 1913-1973, (R0121)
1 folder, photocopies
These are specifications and historical accounts of the "Morgan County Home and Infirmary," or "poor farm," near Versailles, Missouri. Included are elevations and floor plans (1913) and three secondary accounts of "the Home's" history (1968, 1969, and 1973).

Morrow, Lynn, Papers, (R1000)
21 cubic feet (964 folders, 4 oversize)
The papers of Lynn Morrow contain correspondence and research papers, with an additional significant collection of late twentieth-century promotional and advertising items. The papers reflect major areas of Morrow’s research on the southwest Missouri region; Iron, Shannon, and Washington counties; Theodore Pease Russell and his writings; and the writings of Silas C. Turnbo. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.


Osage River United Baptist Association, Minutes, 1849, (R0286)
1 folder
These are minutes of the fifth annual meeting of the Osage River Association, which was composed of United Baptist churches in Camden, Maries, Miller, and Morgan counties in Missouri. Included are membership statistics, a summary of the Association's business, a report on evangelical work, and a circular letter urging adequate financial support of the ministry.

Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
1 volume
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.


Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
2.2 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.

Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.

Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.


Ramsay Place Names File 1928-1945, (C2366)
12 cubic feet
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English.


Sampson, Francis Asbury, Photographs, (CA6544)
1 folder
Six nature photographs taken in Camden and Morgan Counties of Sampson and a Mr. McCullough of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sims, William, Accounts, 1900-1901, (C1940)
1 folder
Accounts of Sims with Versailles Milling Company and M. Moser of Versailles Roller Mills.

Soren, Noelle Louise, Papers, (K0525)
3.84 cubic feet (260 folders, 4 rolled items)
The papers contain research notes, photographs, correspondence, architectural drawings, and other materials related to Noelle Soren's research into the theater building careers of Carl and Robert Boller, known as the Boller Brothers. The results of her research culminated into her two-volume book, Windows to Wonderland: The Cinespace Creations of the Boller Brothers, Architects.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.

State of Missouri Collection, (P0018)
486 photographs
Over 400 original photos created for the 1904 publication on Missouri at the time of the World's Fair by Walter Williams; shows all aspects and counties in Missouri.

Stover Fruit Growers Association, Morgan County, Missouri, Record Book, 1928-1931, (C2560)
1 volume
The collection contains minutes of annual meetings, lists of officers and members, and a brief history of the organization.


Talbott & Clark, Correspondence, 1889-1890, (R0881)
1 folder
These are six letters from Talbott & Clark, a business partnership at Proctor in Morgan County, Missouri, to A. J. Stillwell & Company in Hannibal, Missouri. They concern the purchase and shipment of butchered meat.

Thruston, John B., Record Books, 1859-1879, (R0430)
3 volumes
These are business records of Dr. John B. Thruston, a physician at Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri. The records include account ledgers, 1859-1879, and a daybook, 1861-1863. The entries note the names of the patients, the types of medical services rendered, Thruston's fees, and settlements of accounts.


U.S. Selective Service System, Missouri, Records, 1917-1918, (C2681)
445 folders negative Photostats, 8.7 cubic feet
Lists of persons by county and district selective service boards whose cards were held by those boards. Arranged alphabetically by county.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
1 volume
The collection contains a list of the various Baptist associations in Missouri and the dates for which their records are in existence.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942, (C3551)
302 linear feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.

United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records (R1321)
17 cubic feet (372 folders, 4 maps, 3,238 photographs, 68 negatives, 936 slides, 3 volumes) 
The United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records contain the records of the Bureau of Mines office and research facility established in Rolla, Missouri, in 1915. The records include correspondence, operational reports, project reports, photographs, newspaper articles, program materials, and maps.


van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
21.8 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware.


Wahlers, Irwin M., Letter, 1918, (R0155)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a short letter from "somewhere in France," 27 October 1918, by a native of Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri. Wahlers, who served with the 336th Field Artillery, mentioned other soldiers from Morgan County and the ox carts and horses used on French farms.

Western Detective Association, Flyer, 1878, (R1165)
1 folder
This is a flyer advertising the Western Detective Association at Versailles in Morgan County, Missouri. Officers of the firm, which was incorporated on 11 March 1878, were William A. Mills, J. F. Morris, R. F. Walker, Max Joachimi, and James M. Handlin.

Wobus, Paul A., Papers, 1918-1989, (R0008)
52 folders, 89 notebooks
The Rev. Paul A. Wobus was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on 14 February 1893. His father, Reinhard Wobus, was pastor of the Evangelical Church there. Paul Wobus died on 11 December 1982 in Concordia, Missouri.


Yarnell, Ilene Sims, Collection, (P0601)
0.19 linear feet
Photographs and postcards of Morgan County, especially churches, houses, and schools in and near Versailles, MO. Postcards, primarily depicting the Lake of the Ozarks area and adjacent counties.

Yarnell, Ilene Sims, Scrapbook, 1954-1955, (C1441)
1 volume
Newspaper clippings of marriages, births, deaths, church records, and miscellaneous of Versailles, MO, and vicinity.